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In this activity, students will explore light travel and how it is redirected with the use of mirrors. Students will review how light is reflected by the objects it strikes. They will then create light illusions with mirrors and explain how they were designed.
In this activity, students will learn about Earth's four major systems: geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Students will build a human model of the interaction of the systems based on a series of scenarios. In their models, students will use the scenario as a basis for passing a ball of yarn to a system or systems that would be part of the interaction. Students will use their model to support their argument discussing the reasoning behind their choice of interaction.
In this activity, students will brainstorm why people live, work, and vacation by the shoreline. They will set up a small stream table to model the effects of beach erosion. Students will create waves over time and redraw the beach. They will experiment with the size of waves and duration.
In this activity, students will learn about the elements in the periodic table and how to interpret the information for each element. Students will then choose an element and translate the information from the periodic table into a tri-fold model. The cover of the tri-fold would be a picture of the element as it appears on the periodic table, and the inside would be a visual representation of that element showing the position of its protons, neutrons, and electrons.
In this activity, students will conduct an investigation to create a bioplastic as an alternative to plastics we typically use as consumers. Students will compare and contrast the properties of each. They will then research and design a method bioplastics could be used to reduce waste as an alternative to plastics used currently.
In this activity, students will learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Students will discuss how organisms are being impacted by this garbage patch and the impact it has on our resources and environment. Students will identify the major items contributing to the garbage patch. Students will design a solution to reduce the impact these items have on the environment. Their solutions may include (but are not limited to) ways to clean up the garbage patch, education of individuals, or new uses for materials.
In this activity, students will explore the structures within a leaf where the process of photosynthesis occurs. Students will work in groups to create a demonstration (human model) of one of the processes within a leaf. Each group will be given a vocabulary term or concept to act out explaining their process.
In this activity, students will discuss and compare plants, animals, and their surroundings in deserts, oceans/ beaches, and rainforests. Students will examine hands-on materials from all habitats combined and sort materials by their habitat. Students will use their selections to create habitats in plastic boxes. For example, a student might create a rain forest habitat using soil, plants, rocks, relevant rubber animals, and photos of animals.
In this activity, students will learn about thermal energy. Students will observe how energy can be conserved and transferred using ice and salt. Students will use thermometers to observe the changes in thermal energy. Students will then design their own experiment determining the proportions required to transfer enough energy to freeze and make lemon ice.
In this activity, students will investigate how a specific group of insects move, referred to in our lesson as the focus insects. They will observe the body structures of ants, grasshoppers, and dragonflies and how those structures enable their unique movement. Students will evaluate how the different kinds of body structures and movements of the focus insects are beneficial to each insect’s survival.